Hello everyone! My name is Miguel and two years ago I was diagnosed with leukaemia. I could never have imagined that I would have to live through this. It has been a roller coaster of emotions where not everything has been bad, there have also been good things and if this illness has taught me anything it is to be more patient and to put things into perspective.
Thanks to the 100% compatibility with my brother, he was able to be my donor, and I underwent a bone marrow transplant that gave me my life back. I have to say that sometimes I get a bit of GVHD, rejection, but I’m doing great and have recovered!
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tough process and even tougher as it coincided with the pandemic. I remember New Year’s Eve 2020, which I spent in hospital knowing that I might not make it through that night because of the severe infection I was suffering from. I said goodbye to my partner, Aitor, over the phone. It is difficult to explain what I felt in that room 200 km from home.
But I am immensely happy because I am still here and I can see Aitor and my family are really happy. And what can I say about my brother, my donor! I swear that when we are together I see his Superman cape.
When I was discharged I said “It’s over, today is the first year of the rest of my life”. As I have been given a second chance, I don’t let anything slip away, I enjoy everything and I tell everyone close to me how much I love them, because they deserve to know.
Thanks to everyone, especially to the Josep Carreras Foundation, what they do is MAGICAL.